Assuring Early CI Intervention Post-Covid-19

Outcomes from paediatric cochlear implantation depend on the quality of early intervention and habilitation services to minimise the deleterious effects of auditory deprivation. We plan to start the webinar with the account of a parent’s experience accessing hearing healthcare for their child during Covid-19 and will then examine how the pandemic disrupted hearing screening programmes and imposed delays to the referral pathways for early intervention. We will consider the barriers clinicians encountered and what strategies worked to recover services.

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Chair: Catherine McMahon (Sydney)

Presenters: Hannah Cooper (UK), Carolina Leal (UK), Christine Yoshinaga-Itano (US), Blake Papsin (CA), Kevin Franck (US), Lise Henderson (UK)

Global Responses of CI Services to Covid-19

The impact of Covid-19 on health-care systems varies considerably and no country, whether high- or low- income has been spared the challenges. Ultimately, all pandemics become local as it falls to local professionals to find solutions that work for the population they serve. Here, we learn from colleagues around the world who have grappled with these challenges and found ways to overcome them that will be of interest to the global cochlear implant community.

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Chair: Howard Francis (Durham)

Presenters: Daniel Lee (US), Pu Dai (CN), Neelam Vaid (IN), George Tavartkiladze (RU), Valeria Goffi (BR), Michael Tong (HK), Gaetano Paludetti (IT)

CI Research at a Distance: a Post-Covid challenge

Translational research has driven progress in cochlear implantation. As well as disrupting clinical services, the manner in which research is prioritised, commissioned and executed will change very significantly post-Covid19. What is the appearance of this new research landscape and how should cochlear implant professionals adapt themselves for it? The webinar will consider what the key research priorities for CI now are and how research platforms may be mobilized to address them.

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Chair: Deborah Vickers (Cambridge)

Presenters: Bradley Welling (US), Kevin Munro (UK), Rachel Haines (UK), Teresa Ching (AU), Rene Gifford (US), Dan Jiang (UK), Youri Maryn (BE), Jay Rubinstein (US)

CI Futures Forum: Consensus Towards Standard of Care

In every country access to cochlear implantation (CI) for adults with severe or profound hearing loss is low. Globally, it is estimated that only one in twenty who could benefit from cochlear implants have one. Most other health treatments have internationally accepted standards of care that inform patients and health care practitioners about when specialist referrals and treatment options should be considered.

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Chair: Gerard O'Donoghue (Nottingham)

Presenters: Professor Wu Hao (CN), Professor Seung Ha Oh (KR), Professor Pu Dai (CN), Associate Professor Jenny Loo (SG), Dr Kuang Chao (Joshua) Chen (TW), Dr Kalyani Mandke (IN)

CI Futures Forum: Awareness of Cochlear Implantation

Lack of referral pathways to CI leads to a substantial unnecessary burden to the individual with hearing loss, with a poorer quality of life. We know that a lack of referral and awareness of the benefits of cochlear implantation are the major reasons for under-identification of the many who could benefit.

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Chair: Brian Kaplan (Maryland)

Presenters: Regina Presley (US), Howard Francis (US), Barbara Kelley (US), Rene Gifford (US), Matthew L. Carlson (US), Allison Biever (US)

CI Futures Forum: Best Practice Clinical Pathway for Diagnosis

Screening for hearing loss in adults is important for the identification of potential candidates for cochlear implantation. Clearer and appropriate criteria for diagnosis of those who may be a candidate for cochlear implants will help create a clear pathway to implantation and improve understanding of the benefits and appropriateness of CIs by health professionals and the general public.

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Chair: Michal Luntz

Presenters: Leo De Raeve, Ulriche Hoppe, Shakeel Saeed, Emmanuel A.M. Mylanus, Laura Turton, Christophe Vincent

CI Futures Forum: World Report on Hearing

This webinar featured presentations from a diverse multidisciplinary panel of experts. The panel discussed the recommendations from the WHO World Report on Hearing Published March 3rd 2021.

This report will have collected information from all its member countries on good and poor practices related to hearing loss at the international and national levels.

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Chair: Catherine McMahon

Presenters: Mahmood F Bhutta, Peter Thorne, Susan D Emmett, Carrie L. Nieman, Katherine Bouton

CI Futures Forum: Clinical Effectiveness of CIs

CIs are effective in improving quality of life due to improved hearing, and the wider impacts of better communication and connection with the world.

This webinar will feature presentations from a diverse multi disciplinary panel of experts. The panel will present real world examples from their own perspective and experience as well as discussing the recommendations from the Consensus paper.

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Chair: Nic Russel

Presenters: Tatsuya Yamasoba, Jeeyeon Lee, Milind V. Kirtane, Byung Yoon Choi, Cathy Birman, Holly Teagle

CI Futures Forum: The Relationship Between Hearing Loss and Depression, Cognition and Dementia

Addressing hearing loss is associated with improvements in overall wellbeing including mental health by enabling people to communicate more easily with others. This reduces the social isolation and mental health problems associated with hearing loss. Addressing untreated hearing loss improves cognition and may help reduce the risk of dementia.

This webinar will feature presentations from a diverse multi disciplinary panel of experts. The panel will present real world examples from their own perspective and experience as well as discussing the recommendations from the Consensus paper.

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Chair: Gerard O'Donoghue

Presenters: Craig Buchman, Frank Lin, Dakota Bysouth-Young, Isabelle Mosnier, Robert Mandara

CI Futures Forum: Cost Implications of CIs

Ensuring that people with hearing loss who could benefit from a CI receive one is not only beneficial for the individual’s wellbeing but improves their chances of employment. This reduces the cost of social care and welfare budgets. It is a cost effective intervention for health systems and has the potential to save money on other health related costs.

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Chair: Pádraig Kitterick

Presenters: Brian Lamb, Helen Cullington, Henry Cutler, Ann-Marie Dickinson and Megan Quilter